Annual Farming For Nature Gathering

The annual Farming For Nature Gathering  and network day will be held on Saturday 29th October 2022 in Corofin, the Burren, Co.Clare as part of the Burren Winterage Weekend 2022 (The October Bank Holiday). This will be a day of farm walks and panel discussions held between 10am-5pm, followed by entertainment (with very special guests) and the annual Farming For Nature Ambassador Awards from 7-9.30pm. This event allows us to come together to celebrate farmers across Ireland who are striving to work alongside nature, and to share ideas on how these great custodians might best be supported at a time of great challenge and opportunity.  All farmers and other interested parties who want to be part of this discussion and know more about farming for nature are welcome to attend.

Draft Outline


Farm Walk 10am-12pm Please tick if you intend to attend this as we need to know how many to hold (25 person per walk) and also to give location details nearer the time.

Lunch 12.30-1.30pm: Meet in Corofin hall with own lunch. Refreshments will be available.

Panel 1: 1.30-3pm Panel discussion    The National Herd – meat, milk or methane – or more?
With different farmers on challenges, opportunities and solutions in nature friendly farming.

Panel 2: 3.30-5pm Panel discussion Food and Energy security in a time of crisis – reimagining the role of the farmer

With different farmers on challenges, opportunities and solutions in nature friendly farming.

6.30pm-7.45pm Entertainment with guest speakers In conversation with James Rebanks and Jane Clarke.


8-9pm Annual Farming For Nature Ambassador Awards.

Further details and booking


Farming For Nature Ambassador: €10

General public: €20

This includes refreshments but does not include meals or accommodation. Please arrange separately.

Capacity: 150

The annual Farming For Nature Ambassador Awards (8-9pm in same venue) is free and open to anyone and everyone to join.

This event requires prior booking with a nominal charge attached in order to prevent no-shows and to contribute to the unfunded cost of Farming For Nature in hosting this event.

Details of other events happening at the Burren Winterage Weekend can be found on the below site. Booking on this Farming For Nature network day does not necessary give entry to other events over the weekend. Please see the booking details of these events on the above site.

More up to date information is available on   

View a quick overview of the 2021 Burren Winterage School and Cattle Drive here:

Burren Winterage School 2021

Below are the recordings from the different panel discussions held on the Farming For Nature Workshop day in Kinvara on the 23rd October 2021.  All the panel speakers are Farming For Nature Ambassadors.

This 1st session was with farmers Gerard Walshe, Bridget Murphy and Michael Hickey talking about ‘High Nature Value farmer in Practice.’ Facilitators were Drs Brendan Dunford and James Moran.


This 2nd session was with farmers Padraig Corcoran, Jane Shackleton, and Tommy Earley talking about ‘Paying for Ecosystem Services.’ Facilitators were Drs Brendan Dunford and James Moran.

This 3rd session was Thomas Stack, John McHugh, Mimi Crawford and Gearoid Maher talking about ‘Diversification in Dairy.’ Facilitator was Hannah Quinn Mulligan.

This 4th session was with farmers Thomas O’Connor, Andrew Bergin and Thomas Fouhy talking about ‘Producing low input nutrient dense food’ Facilitator was Sean McGloin.

If you missed the Farming For Nature Ambassador Awards 2021, you can now watch it here:

What others think about the Farming For Nature Workshop day

It is great to be able to meet all these people who think the same way as we do. Very often, as a farmer, you work in isolation, especially if you do something a bit different from the “norm”. It gives a great boost to know there are a lot more farmers who do the same thing in their own corner and to feel supported in your ideas.
(McCall Family, Farming For Nature Ambassador 2018)


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